Guide to the Walter Hoge papers,
1905-1927

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hoge, Walter, 1842-1911
Title: Walter Hoge papers
Dates: 1905-1927 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 300
Summary: The material in this collection includes the correspondence and financial records of Walter Hoge and his son W. Smith Hoge. While some of these papers deal with political, religious, or family matters, the vast majority of the collection pertains to the real estate transactions generated by Hoge's company. Hoge seems to have been involved in all aspects of the real estate business, from buying and selling land to lending money to purchasers, and even to handling the land titles for these sales.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Walter Hoge was born on November 18, 1842 in Northumberland, England, the son of Walter and Elizabeth Hogg. (Hoge apparently changed the spelling of his name later in life.) When he was twenty years old, Hoge left Britain and sailed to Vancouver Island in the hopes of striking it rich in the gold mines there. For the next five years he wandered throughout the Pacific Northwest, holding a variety of jobs. In 1867 Hoge settled in the Cache Valley in Utah, first working at a sawmill in Millville and then later teaching school in Providence. It was here that he met and married his first wife, Amelia Ann Smith (1850-1927), in 1869. Together they had six children, five of whom survived to adulthood. It was also during this time period that Hoge joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly after their marriage, Brigham Young called for the couple to help settle the Bear Lake Valley in Idaho.

Hoge and his family settled in Paris, Idaho, where he quickly became a pillar of the community and was involved in a number of different business ventures including lumber, the local newspaper, and land speculation. A staunch Republican, Hoge also served in a number of elected positions, among them county sheriff (1882-1888), city council, and the Idaho legislature. Eventually he was appointed deputy clerk of the U.S. District Court. In 1881 Hoge took up the practice of polygamy and married a second wife, Sarah Cecelia Beck (1859-1937), with whom he had three children. Hoge died of pneumonia on November 3, 1911.

Sources of information for Walter Hoge:

The Year of 1867 by the D.U.P. (SpecColl Call # 979.208 D265 no. 287), pgs. 34-37.

Obituary, Pocatello Tribune, November 4, 1911.

W. (William) Smith Hoge was born October 6, 1884 in Paris, Idaho, the son of Walter and Amelia Hoge. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Smith served a mission to Great Britain from 1906 to 1908. He married his wife, Bertha May Grimmett (1887-1951), in 1909 and together they had three children. Smith worked with his father in the Bear Lake Abstract Company, which Walter Hoge had founded. Like his father, Smith was active in Republican politics and held a number of local offices in Paris, among them probate judge, deputy county recorder, justice of the peace, and city clerk. He also ran (in 1910) for county treasurer, although he apparently did not win the election. Smith died on September 20, 1951.

Source of information for W. Smith Hoge:

Obituary, Salt Lake Tribune, September 21, 1951, p. 36.

Content Description

The material in this collection is composed of the correspondence and financial records of Walter Hoge and his son W. Smith Hoge. While some of these papers deal with political, religious, or family matters, the vast majority of the collection pertains to the real estate transactions generated by Hoge's company. Hoge seems to have been involved in all aspects of the real estate business, from buying and selling land, to lending money to purchasers, and even to handling the land titles for these sales.

It is unclear what the original order of this collection was, since it had been extensively reorganized by the previous owner. As a result, a default organization for the collection has been utilized. The papers are divided into two series: Walter Hoge's papers and W. Smith papers. Within each series the papers have been subsequently divided into financial, outgoing correspondence, and incoming correspondence. Financial and outgoing have been organized by date. Incoming is arranged alphabetically. Individual correspondents who wrote five or more letters to Hoge have been placed in separate folders. Walter Hoge's papers make up about two-thirds of the collection with incoming correspondence to either Walter or Smith composing the vast majority of the material.

Researchers should note that Special Collections has two reels of microfilm containing Walter Hoge's incoming and outgoing correspondence for 1910-1911. (The film was created by A.J. Simmonds in 1971, and is filed under call number: Utah Reel 60.) While the incoming correspondence appears to match the paper copies in this collection, the outgoing correspondence on the film seems to include letters for which we do not appear to have hard copies. How exactly this material came into the temporary possession of Special Collections, and why only this portion, remains unclear.

Special Collections has two reels of microfilm containing Walter Hoge's incoming and outgoing correspondence for 1910-1911. (Created by A. J. Simmonds in 1971, the microfilm is filed under call number: Utah Reel 60.) While the incoming correspondence appears to match the paper copies in this collection, the outgoing correspondence on the film seems to include letters for which we do not have hard copies.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Walter Hoge papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Walter Hoge papers, 1905-1927. (COLL MSS 300). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into 2 series: I. Walter Hoge's papers; II. W. Smith papers. Within each series arranged topically, chronologically and alphabetically.

Acquisition Information :  

These papers were purchased by Special Collections from a historical documents dealer in 2005. Funding for this purchase was provided by the B.G. Olesen Endowment. The material in this collection previously had belonged to James Schwerdt, who in 1969 purchased a building in Paris, Idaho. (This building was subsequently relocated from Paris to Saint Charles, Idaho at the intersection of Highway 89 and the road leading to the Utah Power pumping station at Bear Lake.) In the course of cleaning out the building, Mr. Schwerdt found the following documents. He took the material with him back to his home in California and used it in the high school classes he taught there. During this time period Mr. Schwerdt extensively reorganized the materials.

Related Materials :  

See also: [Walter Hoge correspondence 1910-1911] (Utah Reel 60).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Walter Hoge Papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Biographical information on Walter and W(illiam) Smith Hoge
1 2 Agent's Agreement with the Title Guaranty & Security Company 1910
1 3 Papers concerning the Paris-Boulder Mining Company 1910-1911
1 4 Financial papers and receipts 1907-1909
1 5 Financial papers and receipts 1910-1911
1 6 Financial papers concerning LDS Church 1907-1911
1 7 Outgoing correspondence 1907 January-September
1 8 Outgoing correspondence 1907 October-December
1 9 Outgoing correspondence 1908 January-March
1 10 Outgoing correspondence 1908 April-July
1 11 Outgoing correspondence 1908 August-October
1 12 Outgoing correspondence 1908 November-December
1 13 Outgoing correspondence 1909 January-March
1 14 Outgoing correspondence 1909 April-May
2 1 Outgoing correspondence 1909 June-July
2 2 Outgoing correspondence 1909 August-September
2 3 Outgoing correspondence 1909 November-December
2 4 Outgoing correspondence 1910 January-March
2 5 Outgoing correspondence 1910 April-June
2 6 Outgoing correspondence 1910 July-September
2 7 Outgoing correspondence 1910 October-December
3 1 Outgoing correspondence 1911 January-March
3 2 Outgoing correspondence 1911 April-September
3 3 Incoming correspondence, A
3 4 Incoming correspondence, Andersen, J.H 1910
3 5 Incoming correspondence, Andersen, J.H
3 6 Incoming correspondence, B
3 7 Incoming correspondence, Bainbridge, E.A., (Hoge's nephew) 1911
3 8 Incoming correspondence, Ball, J.H 1909-1910
3 9 Incoming correspondence, U.S. Senator William Borah 1907-1910
3 10 Incoming correspondence, Boyd, Chas W 1907-1911
3 11 Incoming correspondence, Brady, J.H 1908-1910
3 12 Incoming correspondence, Breiling, Louis 1909-1910
3 13 Incoming correspondence, Budge, Alfred (son-in-law) 1907-1911
3 14 Incoming correspondence, C
3 15 Incoming correspondence, Church, M.I 1907-1910
3 16 Incoming correspondence, Coxe, C.B 1907-1910
4 1 Incoming correspondence, D
4 2 Incoming correspondence, R.G. Dun & Co 1909-1911
4 3 Incoming correspondence, Dunn, H.A 1907-1911
4 4 Incoming correspondence, E
4 5 Incoming correspondence, F
4 6 Incoming correspondence, Follick, David 1909-1911
4 7 Incoming correspondence, French, Burton L 1907-1911
4 8 Incoming correspondence, G
4 9 Incoming correspondence, Gooding, F 1907-1908
4 10 Incoming correspondence, Graham, W.B 1909-1911
4 11 Incoming correspondence, Gray, G.C 1903-1910
4 12 Incoming correspondence, Gukian (?), John J 1909-1911
4 13 Incoming correspondence, H
4 14 Incoming correspondence, Hale, Heber Q 1908-1911
4 15 Incoming correspondence, Hamer, Thomas S 1909-1911
4 16 Incoming correspondence, Hanncock, Orson William 1895-1911
4 17 Incoming correspondence, Hansen, H.V 1907-1911
4 18 Incoming correspondence, Harris, Chas E 1909 (?)
4 19 Incoming correspondence, Harris, O.V 1910-1911
4 20 Incoming correspondence, Heyburn, W.B 1908-1909
4 21 Incoming correspondence, Hoge family children 1907-1911
4 22 Incoming correspondence, Horsley, H 1907-1911
4 23 Incoming correspondence, Huston-Churchill Irrigated Lands Co 1910-1911
5 1 Incoming correspondence, I-J
5 2 Incoming correspondence, Jenness, N 1910-1911
5 3 Incoming correspondence, Jones, John W 1907-1911
5 4 Incoming correspondence, K
5 5 Incoming correspondence, Kaus, Herbert R 1910-1911
5 6 Incoming correspondence, Kiefer, Henry W 1907-1911
5 7 Incoming correspondence, L
5 8 Incoming correspondence, Lansdon, Robert 1909-1910
5 9 Incoming correspondence, M
5 10 Incoming correspondence, McDougall, D.C 1909-1910
5 11 Incoming correspondence, Merrill, Ezra J 1908-1911
5 12 Incoming correspondence, Mumford, T.M 1907-1911
5 13 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele Farm Loans 1906-1907
5 14 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele Farm Loans 1908
5 15 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele Farm Loans 1909
5 14 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele Farm Loans 1910
5 14 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele Farm Loans 1911
6 1 Incoming correspondence, N-O
6 2 Incoming correspondence, Nibley, Charles W 1910
6 3 Incoming correspondence, Nielsen, Thor C 1908-1910
6 4 Incoming correspondence, P-Q
6 5 Incoming correspondence, Proudfoot, S.V 1909-1911
6 6 Incoming correspondence, R
6 7 Incoming correspondence, Rich, Mary R 1909-1911
6 8 Incoming correspondence, Rosen, John 1909-1911
6 9 Incoming correspondence, Ryan, William J 1909-1910
6 10 Incoming correspondence, S
6 11 Incoming correspondence, Scott, Gordon 1910-1911
6 12 Incoming correspondence, Sizemore, James L 1908-1909
6 13 Incoming correspondence, Spence, Robert S 1908
6 14 Incoming correspondence, Stephenson, Jason, Jr 1908-1910
6 15 Incoming correspondence, Stock, R.W 1908-1910
6 16 Incoming correspondence, Storr, C. B 1907-1909
6 17 Incoming correspondence, T
6 18 Incoming correspondence, Thomas, Lorenzo R 1908
6 19 Incoming correspondence, Thompson, A.H 1908-1911
6 20 Incoming correspondence, Tueller, Edward 1910-1911
6 21 Incoming correspondence, U-V
6 22 Incoming correspondence, Vaughan, George 1909-1911
6 23 Incoming correspondence, W
6 24 Incoming correspondence, Whuland, Olive Black 1907, 1911
6 25 Incoming correspondence, Y
6 26 Incoming correspondence, unidentified senders

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Series II:  W. Smith Hoge Papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 1 Outgoing correspondence 1908-1911
7 2 Outgoing correspondence 1912-1913
7 3 Outgoing correspondence 1920-1921
7 4 Outgoing correspondence 1922-1923
7 5 Outgoing correspondence 1924-1926
7 6 Incoming correspondence, A-B
7 7 Incoming correspondence, Andersen, J.H 1911-1913
7 8 Incoming correspondence, Budge, Alfred (brother-in-law) 1909-1913
7 9 Incoming correspondence, Budge, Alfred (brother-in-law) 1921-1926
7 10 Incoming correspondence, C-D
7 11 Incoming correspondence, Dietrich, Frank S 1912-1913, 1920-1921
7 12 Incoming correspondence, E-G
7 13 Incoming correspondence, H-J
7 14 Incoming correspondence, Hathaway, Fred C 1910-1913
7 15 Incoming correspondence, Hoge Family (mother, wife, brother, and others) 1908-1912
7 16 Incoming correspondence, Hoge, Walter (father) 1910-1911
7 17 Incoming correspondence, Hoge, Walter Smith (brother) 1910-1913
7 18 Incoming correspondence, Hoge, William Budge (brother) 1910-1913
7 19 Incoming correspondence, K-L
7 20 Incoming correspondence, Kaus, Herbert R 1912-1913
7 21 Incoming correspondence, Kiefer, Henry 1908-1913
7 22 Incoming correspondence, Lermit, G.H 1911-1913
7 23 Incoming correspondence, Lowe, James S 1912
7 24 Incoming correspondence, M-O
8 1 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele 1911
8 2 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele 1912
8 3 Incoming correspondence, Miller & Viele 1913
8 4 Incoming correspondence, P-Q
8 5 Incoming correspondence, R
8 6 Incoming correspondence, Richardson, A.L 1909-1913
8 7 Incoming correspondence, Richie, C 1912
8 8 Incoming correspondence, S
8 9 Incoming correspondence, Spiegel 1910-1912 May
8 10 Incoming correspondence, T
8 11 Incoming correspondence, The Telluride Power Company 1912-1913
8 12 Incoming correspondence, U-Y
8 13 Incoming correspondence, Western Loan & Savings Co 1910-1926
8 14 Incoming correspondence, Young, Seymour B 1911-1913
8 15 Incoming correspondence, unidentified senders
9 1 Biographical info on W. Smith Hoge
9 2 Contract with Western Loan & Savings 1913
9 3 Abstractors bond 1925
9 4 Court findings and papers concerning W. Smith Hoge's work as a judge 1926
9 5 Pacific Agency Company suit 1925
9 6 Affidavit for Hyrum Smith 1909
9 7 Affidavits 1922
9 8 Papers concerning the American Correspondence School of Law
9 9 Certificates 1912-1926
9 10 LDS Church papers 1910, 1912
9 11 A.W. Shepherd /Idaho Republican State Central Committee 1920-1921
9 12 Correspondence containing biographical sketches of William R. Morgan, D.C. King, Harold Hull, Letha Dunfford, Robert G. Harding, Jas Dunn, Mr. Turner, and Mt. Harr
9 13 Political papers concerning S.H. Rich 1920
9 14 LDS Bishop's meeting minutes 1912
9 15 Bear Lake County Republican Central Committee meeting minutes 1920, 1926
9 16 Idaho Assoc. of Title Men meeting minutes 1924
9 17 Financial papers and receipts 1910-1911
9 18 Financial papers 1912
9 19 Financial papers 1913
9 20 Financial papers 1914
9 21 Financial papers 1921-1924
9 22 Financial papers 1925-1927
9 23 Misc. papers/ephemera
Notary public certificate
Location: (Poster cabinet 1, Drawer 2)
1911

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Hoge, W. Smith (William Smith), 1884-1951.
    • Hoge, Walter, 1842-1911.
    • Hoge, William Smith.  ( contributor)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormon Church--Idaho--Paris--History--Sources.
    • Mormons--Idaho--Paris--History--Sources.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Paris (Idaho)--History--Sources.

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